At the age of 38, Roger Federer is still among the players to beat, especially on the big scene of the Major events. Federer is through to the third round of the Australian Open for the 21st time in as many trips down under, scoring two dominant victories to find himself in the last 32, hoping for more of the same in the next rounds and a chance to fight for the title that he recently claimed in 2017 and 2018.
In the second round, Roger needed an hour and 32 minutes to dismiss Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, thundering from start to finish to leave the Serb far behind and "force" an impressed John McEnroe to ask him again how old is he during an on-court interview.
It was another dominant performance from the six-time Melbourne champion, firing 42 winners and making 14 unforced errors to have the upper hand all the time, earning the 99th victory at the Australian Open in the record-breaking 21st campaign at Melbourne Park.
The Swiss gave away 19 points on serve, suffering one break in the second set and securing seven from 14 chances on the return to race towards the finish line. Roger was flying over the court in the opening set, striking 13 winners and four unforced errors to outplay Krajinovic fair and square, making the best possible start and staying on the same course in the rest of the clash.
Federer grabbed a break in the second game after a backhand mistake from the Serb, delivering another break with a forehand winner at 3-0 and racing into a 5-0 advantage thanks to a forehand winner after only 15 minutes!
Serving for the set at 5-1, the Swiss blasted four winners to wrap up the opener in 20 minutes, looking sharp and determined to move over the top as soon as possible. With the momentum on his side, Roger forced an error from Filip at the beginning of the second set to grab an instant break, wasting more chances at 3-1 and allowing the Serb to pull the break back at 3-4 after a forced error from Federer's backhand.
Staying focused, Roger earned another break a few minutes later following a terrible mistake from Krajinovic at the net, bringing the set home in the next game to move a set away from victory after only 59 minutes. Filip kicked off the third set with a double fault, handing a break to Roger who grabbed additional breaks in games five and seven that sent him over the top and into the last 32.